Conservation

A male Miami blue butterfly. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jaret Daniels

Grants help Miami blue butterfly conservation efforts

One of the most critically endangered butterflies in the U.S. is getting a little more help. In November 2016, Florida Museum researchers collected about 100 Miami blue eggs and larvae to continue the captive breeding program. Florida Museum of N...
Hellbender

Young hellbenders need a kids’ menu

Juvenile hellbenders have a different diet than adults, a finding that could help improve conservation efforts of the giant aquatic salamanders. A study of diet...
Miami blue conservation

Miami Blue Butterflies

Once common throughout coastal southern Florida, the Miami blue butterfly now ranks among North America’s rarest insects. While the main driver of the butter...
collection of mollusk shells

Mollusk graveyards are time machines to oceans’ pristine past

A Florida Museum of Natural History study shows that mollusk fossils provide a reliable measure of human-driven changes in marine ecosystems and shifts in ocean biodiversity. Collecting data from the shells of dead mollusks is a low-impact way of ...
frog on clay pot

Behold, the ancient ones

Frogs date back more than 150 million years in the fossil record, and for centuries, the amphibians have been idolized and used in various ways by different cul...

How a century of fear turned deadly for sharks

Shark researcher George Burgess displays an original July 1916 issue of the New York Tribune describing the New Jersey attacks, known as "The 12 Days of Terror." ©Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Kristen Grace Before the summer of 1916...
Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave.

Protecting a sunken ancient world

How the formation of a new national park in the Bahamas was driven by science Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave. Photo cour...